The first attempt on the life of Jesus

Nazareth is located in the hills of Lower Galilee, where the elevation is about 2000 feet above sea level. These hills lie on the north side of the Valley of Jezreel (Esraelon, or Megiddo).

In this photo some of the buildings of upper Nazareth can be seen to the left. The hill on the right, with the scaring from quarrying, is popularly called the hill of precipitation. If this is correct, and we have no certain evidence, then this would be the the hill spoken of in Luke’s account of Jesus speaking in the synagogue at Nazareth.

And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. (Luke 4:29, ESV)

A synagogue, similar to the one that might have existed in Nazareth during the time of Jesus, has been built at the Nazareth Village. The photo shows the view from the door of the synagogue. The hill of precipitation can be seen. Jesus was brought up in a small town that was located near the heart of all important travel through the land of Israel (Canaan, Palestine).

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